According to the Border Police rules of service from January 30, 2017, officers employed in that law enforcement agency must be shaved when in uniform. Although the rule is not much different from the regulations in other police agencies, the media speculated it was meant to curb the influence of Islamists in the Border Police.
“The Border Police is not aware of officers belonging to groups that pose security risk for BiH border and citizens,” the allegations were denied by the Border Police spokesperson.
“Since January 30, the Office for Internal Control and Professional Standards received requests from several officers to be allowed to wear beard for medical and other reasons. The requests were submitted by members of all ethnic groups,” the agency said.